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Andrew Haining's Blog


Ratus Apparatus is a one man game developer (Andrew Haining, a.k.a. The Sombrero Kid) based in Glasgow, Scotland. I'm currently working on my first game Alaska which is due to be released in summer 2015. you can find out more about Alaska here, or by reading my development blog.

Member Blogs

Posted by Andrew Haining on Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:16:00 EST in Programming, Indie
A quick summary of the pros and cons of the various engines at GDC this year.

Posted by Andrew Haining on Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:01:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Indie
What I learned about entering the IGF last year, advice for devs and advice for the IGF!

Posted by Andrew Haining on Thu, 15 May 2014 04:30:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
No matter where you go in the games industry you'll find countless people telling you to start small "make something manageable that you'll get done quick or you'll never finish it" is the accepted wisdom but I believe this is bad advice.

Posted by Andrew Haining on Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:13:00 EDT in Programming, Indie
I've been hearing a lot of people talking about Unity lately and I know a LOT of developers who've moved over to Unity to develop their games and this is a good thing, for now...

Posted by Andrew Haining on Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:45:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Programming
I try and make sense of what little success in getting coverage for Alaska in the games press.

Posted by Andrew Haining on Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:47:00 EST in Programming
Brief overview of The Agency Engine, my game engine I'm building Alaska on. This is reprinted from my development blog post

Andrew Haining's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 02/04/2015 - 01:54]

Yeah we can 't retcon ...

Yeah we can 't retcon A but there 's no reason why we can 't throw a compiler error to let you know you just done something that will hose the heap.

Comment In: [News - 01/28/2015 - 05:43]

2 million consoles to Microsoft ...

2 million consoles to Microsoft 's estimated 3 million crossbones and the Wii U still has a higher install base. I mean it 's not stellar but it 's a lot better than people make out.

Comment In: [Blog - 01/20/2015 - 11:38]

Your vertex normals are wrong ...

Your vertex normals are wrong in the first instance, if you want a flat surface the vertex normals should all be pointing the same way and so the face should only share vertices with coplanar faces, in your example you have fixed the baked normals but any lighting based on ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/20/2015 - 11:39]

Game Developers know all to ...

Game Developers know all to well that Humans are extreamly proficient at optimising behaviour in a system to achieve their goals, playing games is largely about performing this optimisation and game developers have learned that the only way to combat it is to make sure the players goals align with ...

Comment In: [News - 01/20/2015 - 04:01]

Nice to hear a AAA ...

Nice to hear a AAA studio who actually mean agile when they say it, hopefully the success of SoM will convince others of the merits of embracing rather than just talking agile. r n r nHaving worked with Warner a long time ago, it 's nice to hear they 've ...

Comment In: [News - 01/19/2015 - 04:00]

It 's interesting that quite ...

It 's interesting that quite often when we talk about publishers these days we are only talking about marketing. To my mind a publisher has value as a form of curation, but beyond that I can 't see much use for them and if that is the case, the publishers ...